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Rams Profile: CB Todd Lyght became a Super Bowl winner

St. Louis Rams cornerback Todd Lyght (41) breaks through to block a third quarter field goal attempt by Tennessee Titans kicker Al Del Greco (3) during Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday (Michael Corroy, AP)

A mainstay of the Rams defense throughout the 1990’s, Todd Lyght enjoyed a long NFL career with the team in Los Angeles and in St. Louis.

Lyght played his college football at Notre Dame where he featured on the Fighting Irish’s 1988 National Championship winning team at the cornerback position. After a successful career in college under Lou Holtz, the Los Angeles Rams drafted the Jim Thorpe award winner 5th overall in the 1991 NFL Draft.

As a rookie, Lyght started eight of the 12 games in which he played, recording 37 tackles and one interception. Lyght continued to provide solid corner play throughout the team’s remaining years in L.A. Soon after the franchise moved to St. Louis, Lynch signed a 5-year contract extension to ensure he would spend the rest of his prime years with the Rams.

Lyght’s best year came when the Rams won their first and only Super Bowl in the 1999 season. Lyght earned his only Pro Bowl appearance, recording 65 tackles and interceptions. He also compiled 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble.

In Super Bowl XXXIV, Lyght blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt from Tennessee Titans’ kicker Al Del Greco, preserving the Rams 16-0 lead. Lyght’s blocked field goal proved to be vital as the Titans mounted a furious fourth quarter comeback and would have taken the lead late had Del Greco’s kick gone through the uprights.

After spending two seasons in Detroit, Lyght retired after the 2002 season and went into coaching. He held various jobs as a head coach at the high school level and landed a coaching position at the University of Oregon in 2011. He spent a couple seasons in Oregon and then reunited with Kelly on the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff as defensive backs coach two years later.

Lynch returned to his alma mater in 2015, where he is currently a defensive backs coach for the Fighting Irish.

Sources: pro-football-reference.com, NFL.com, Bill Pennington, NY Times, Tom Loy, NotreDame247.com, Rich Hofmann, Philly.com

     Games DefensiveInterceptions   Fumbles    SacksTackles  
YEARAGETEAMPOSNO.GGSINTYDSTDLNGPDFFFMBFRYDSTDSCKTKLASTSFTY
199122LARLCB41128100000110003700
199223LARLCB41121238003900000006500
199324LARLCB41992000000113004400
199425LARRCB4116161140140001741073120
199526STLLCB41161643412901000007390
199627STLLCB411616543125001000069130
199728STLLCB411616425013010200172130
199829STLLCB4116163300170200001.554130
199930STLLCB/SS41161661121570100002.554120
200031STLLCB41121222102101000014750
200132DETLCB/RCB24161647215990010005360
200233DETLCB/RCB24161423100000000084150
Career1751673746245996268716725980

Martin Cruz is a staff writer for Rams Talk. You can find him on Twitter with the username @MCruz1988.

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